Sous le sable

France

Synopsis

For years, Marie and Jean have happily spent their holidays at the seaside, in the Landes region of Western France. But this year, while Marie sunbathes, her husband disappears without a trace.

Did he drown? Did he run off?

Marie must attempt to come to terms with life without him.

Director's Biography

François Ozon was born in 1967 in Paris. He graduated with a Master’s degree in Cinema, then attended the prestigious school of cinema FEMIS, from then on he never stopped filming, producing one to two films a year, all selected by short film festivals world-wide. These include UNE ROSE ENTRE NOUS, ACTION VERITE, SCENES DE LIT, LA PETITE MORT, on which he began his collaboration with Fidélité Productions. In 1995, he turned to documentaries and directed a film about the politician Lionel Jospin, just before the French presidential elections.

He was awarded with a «Leopard de demain» in 1996 at Locarno for UNE ROBE D’ETE, a provocative and sunny evocation of ambivalent teenage sexuality. François Ozon is «inspired by a high and demanding idea of film. He is distinguished above all by his predilection for portrayals of transgression and sexuality that lead the viewer into shadowy zones he would never have thought to visi ». UNDER THE SAND is his fourth feature film.

Filmography:
2001 SOUS LE SABLE
2000 GOUTTES D'EAU SUR PIERRES BRILLANTES
1999 LES AMANTS CRIMINELS
1998 SITCOM
1998 X2000, short
1997 REGARDE LA MER
1997 SCÈNES DE LIT, short
1996 UNE ROBE D'ÉTÉ, short
1995 JOSPIN S'ÉCLAIRE, doc
1995 LA PETITE MORT, short
1994 ACTION VÉRITÉ, short
1994 UNE ROSE ENTRE NOUS, short
1993 VICTOR, short
1992 THOMAS RECONSTITUÉ, short
1991 UNE GOUTTE DE SANG, short
1991 PEAU CONTRE PEAU (LES RISQUES INUTILES), short doc.
1991 LE TROU MADAME, short doc.
1991 DEUX PLUS UN, short
1986-1990 AROUND 30 SUPER 8 FILMS
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Cast & Crew

Directed by: François Ozon

Written by: Marina de Van, Marcia Romano, Emanuele Bernheim, François Ozon

Produced by: Olivier Delbosc, Marc Missionier

Cinematography: Jeanne Lapoirie, Antoine Heberlé

Editing: Laurence Bawedin

Costume Design: Pascaline Chavanne

Main Cast: Charlotte Rampling (Marie), Bruno Cremer (Jean), Jacques Nolot (Vincent), Alexandra Stewart (Amanda), Pierre Vernier (Gérard)

Nominations and Awards

  • European Director 2001
  • European Actress 2001
  • EFA Feature Film Selection 2001